Seminar Overview

The NUI Galway Rural Studies Centre Seminar Series 2022 was established in conjunction with the Department of Rural and Community Development (DRCD) and provides a platform for Irish academics and key rural stakeholders to present their research or rural projects; network with others engaged in a similar space, both within and beyond academia and to initiate discussions around key rural issues. The Seminar Series has evolved from NUI Galway's participation in 'Our Rural Future Higher Education and Research Network', established by the DRCD as a commitment to Our Rural Future 2021-2025, Ireland’s new national rural development policy. This rural policy provides a blueprint for sustainable rural development over the next five years. The Policy articulates a new, ambitious vision for rural Ireland, which recognises its integral role in ensuring Ireland thrives economically, socially and culturally.

Rural Voices - Session 4

The fourth session of the Rural Voices series will feature Dr Helen McGuirk and Dr Aisling ConwayLenihan from the Hincks Centre for Entrepreneurship Excellence at the School of Business, Munster Technological University (MTU) who will present their research exploring the potential of the silver economy for rural enterprises and society at national and European level.

Presentation Overview

Europe’s population is getting older; dependency ratios are set to double by 2060. Such transformations and demographic change pose major challenges and potential opportunities for the Silver Economy, defined as the economic and social opportunities that arise from expenditure related to population ageing and the specific needs of those over 50. Addressing the call in the literature for further research into the topic, this session will highlight relevant research and statistics at national and European level in order to raise an awareness of the potential of the silver economy for rural enterprises and society.


The event will be held on Zoom. Please register here: